Past Meetup

Topanga Viewridge trail -- rocks and caves exploration

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Viewridge Estates

Viewridge Rd. Summit Pointe drive · Topanga , CA

How to find us

Park at east end of Viewridge road, a half mile east of Topanga Canyon Blvd. near guard house

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Details

ED EDELMAN SUMMIT PARK IN TOPANGA: HIKE TO ROCKS, CAVES AND A ROPE SWING...

and Two of the biggest oak trees you've ever seen!!!

We take the viewridge trail, drop into Santa Maria canyon and explore some rock formations and caves. And split! There are a bunch of cliffside caves,

TIME/DISTANCE: 3 hours, hike starts promptly at 1:00pm. Please arrive at 12:45 to get shoes on etc.

ELEVATION GAIN: We go up and down with about 300 feet max each time.

DIFFICULTY: moderate

PHOTOS OF THE HIKE:

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=4523502

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=6061042

Purchased by the State of California for $20 million in 1994, this 662 acres at the top of Topanga was once threatened with bulldozing into a country club in the last major development threat to the canyon. When L.A. County's politicians were about to decide the fate of the project, the owners, heirs of a daughter of Walt Disney, saw the light and sold it to the public. The property includes a major stretch of the crest of the Santa Monica mountains and the Summit to Summit motorway. In the south side are rocks and cliffs, and a trail that may eventually connect to Topanga State park.

NEWS STORIES ON THIS:

http://articles.latimes.com/1994-03-11/news/mn-32844_1_santa-monica-mountains-conservancy

http://www.topangamessenger.com/v25n05/news.shtml#N1

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HOW TO GET THERE? Take PCH or the 101 Freeway to Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow it all the way to the top. One block south of the summit is Viewridge road. Turn here, follow this wide road 1/2 mile east until it ends at a gated neighborhood. We meet here at 8:30 am, and we leave at 8:40 at the latest.

HERE IS A ZOOMABLE STREET MAP WITH ARROW "A" AT THE TRAILHEAD.

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.13499,-118.59387&z=16&t=M&marker0=34.13280%2C-118.59162%2C1.2%20km%20NE%20of%20Glenview%20CA

FOR A PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP:

http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/a/e/4/highres_94059652.jpeg

AS USUAL: BRING PLENTY OF WATER, A HAT, SUNSCREEN, COMFORTABLE SHOES

LEGAL STUFF: by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:

http://www.meetup.com/terms/

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